I highly recommend the website fukushima-diary to anyone interested in following news about the status of the Fukushima nuclear plant. The blogger who writes it has been tracking developments since the disaster occurred. He is doing a phenomenal job, with updates several times a day...huge effort on his part.
Okay stop the BS huh? MTL produces and sells primarily metallurgical coal. That article is obviously concerned with thermal coal.
My favorite is NILSY ... biggest nickel and palladium producer in the world....also produces platinum, gold, and copper. It pays a nice dividend too. Nickel is used in stainless steel. Palladium and platinum are used in vehicle catalytic converters
I find it strange that MSFT stock price has strongly outperformed ORCL this year even though MSFT YOY earnings growth estimates for 2014 significantly lag those for ORCL.
Any idea what the end use is for the wood there... furniture I suppose? I've been building a long position in WY over the last few months... they export logs and cellulose fiber to Asian markets.
Agree about Win8 but I think Win8 can be downgraded to Win7 at no charge and that is what I'd expect many PC buyers (at least the enterprise segment) to do.
McCain has NO business interfering in Ukraine's politics. Just who does this moron think he is... president of the USA?
Wow with that level of conviction you would be a real moron not to short BTC... and please don't tell me you don;t know how to do that since I've posted links to sites that you can use to do that several times now. Go ahead dipshiatt... make my day
I think it's time you got yourself an education. You can get one online for free these days you know...
The sheer scale of China's drive to become a modern economy is what I find quite intriguing.
My general view is that it is generally those who are confronted with serious problems who have the greatest incentive to solve them. Example: China now faces air pollution unlike virtually any other nation has experienced in the modern world. The government is set to invest close to $300B to address the issue. I would expect the resulting innovations and advancements in pollution control to eventually allow other developing countries like India to benefit. So yes, problems there will likely lead to solutions that will benefit the world overall.
As far as the notion of treating goods as disposable items goes, it is a matter of perspective. In the EU, the three R's figure prominently in society: reduce, re-use, recycle are the norm, as is clean energy generation and efficiency. Funny how people in USA constantly complain about high gas prices, while the EU simply acts: enhance mass transport, design and smaller and more fuel-efficient cars.
Funny how BTC is banned in a corrupt country like Thailand yet embraced in a relatively corruption-free country like Poland. And Norway has adopted the stance of Germany re: BTC.... far from banning it, they are trying to define how to regulate and profit from it.
@@@@@Polish Web Design Company Pays Salaries in Bitcoin
Several months after becoming one of the first Poland-based businesses to accept payments in bitcoins, web developer and design company EL Passion made the news again when it offered its employees the chance to receive their salaries either partly or entirely in bitcoins.Spending your bitcoin salary could soon become even easier in Poland, as an innovative project is currently under development by another local company. In August 2013, Warsaw-based InPay launched a pilot program which is set to boost the use of the cryptocurrency among Poland’s retail outlets. The company is aiming to introduce digital currency payments in a number of Polish cities by providing retailers with payment terminals. Moreover, InPay say they are also educating retailers on the legal and tax-related aspects of implementing bitcoin payments at their businesses. InPay provides B2B solutions to restaurants, pubs, coffee houses and stores. In an interview with local news site mambiznes.pl, the company’s owners say that by the end of 2013, they will offer their services free of commission to lure potential customers and increase their trust in digital currencies.
@@@@@The Norwegian tax authorities will treat Bitcoin as an asset that will consequently be subject to capital gains tax.In August, the German federal ministry of finance recognised Bitcoin as "private money" and imposed a 25 per cent capital gains tax.
You cannot place the blame solely on China for many of these problems. After all, other nations created the demand for cheap goods of inferior quality... China geared their capabilities towards meeting this demand.
The fact that China chose this export-driven economic growth as a stepping stone to entry into the developed world does not imply that they will continue on this path.
I think that as their internal consumer base hits critical mass and their citizens become accustomed to a higher standard of living, they will in turn demand clean air and healthy foods and quality goods and services, and that will drive internal innovations to address these issues. China faces huge problems, but that also placed them in a position to find the best solutions, and that will IMO benefit the world in many ways. And yes, government and politics will play a vital role in any eventual success or failure.
Just to be clear here, I am Canadian-born and not of Chinese descent.
Although I don't have any particular or great admiration for China, and I concur they could have chosen a less damaging path to prosperity, there is little doubt has been that they have been outperforming the western world in many varied ways over this last decade. The moon landing is but one example. The rapid rise of Huawei to a position of world dominance is another. The pace of progress is astounding, and unmatched by most other countries, and I have no reason to doubt their ability to continue on this path into the future. Innovation will be their saviour, and it would not surprise me if one day soon the tables have turned and China leads while the rest of the world follows.
The success of China is in some respects what I had envisioned in the case of Russia/EastEurope following Perestroika. Unfortunately, their governments and citizens have not been able to overcome the persistent corruption that continues to plague their nations.
The world can only be a better place if all nations aspire to make it so. Thankfully, China appears to be headed in the right direction and this can only help us all.